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Ten best "Extreme Ironing" stunts from around the world

Ten best Sometimes questions are better left unanswered. Like how a sport called "extreme ironing" has circumnavigated the globe, fascinating folks from France to Fiji. Described on the official website as the "latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor...

You have to eat sausage in Vienna. You have to.

You have to eat sausage in Vienna. You have to. I don't know your life, but I do know you need to eat sausage in Vienna. If you are a vegetarian, I get that, and there are options for you at some of the finer purveyors, so you are included in this. Weiner schnitzel is delicious and all, but it actually originated in...

Vienna's secret noontime ritual

Vienna's secret noontime ritual Every day at noon, folks in-the-know gather in front of the Anchor Clock (above) in Vienna, Austria. There is no exciting maritime story behind this clock's name; Der Anker just happened to be the insurance company to which it is attached. Back in the early 1900s, Derk...

Must-see in Vienna: Spittelberg and the MuseumsQuartier

Must-see in Vienna: Spittelberg and the MuseumsQuartier If you're looking for something to do in Vienna that's off-the-beaten-path, I would suggest a visit to the historic Spittelberg area in the 7th district. Some define the entire 7th district as Spittelberg, but purists will tell you that it is actually just a collection of...

The Alstadt Hotel - unassuming luxury

The Alstadt Hotel - unassuming luxury The Alstadt Hotel is a charming Vienna residence where one feels instantly at home. Located in historic Spittelberg (Vienna's 7th district), the accommodations are a strange blend of home and hotel, in that they share a stairway, an elevator and several hallways with...

Daily Pampering: Visit "the pharmacy of the holy trinity"

Daily Pampering: Visit Saint Charles Apotheke is a small Viennese empire producing all-natural, locally grown products specifically designed to make you look and feel better. Alfred Blumenthal founded the original pharmacy in 1886, and it has lived in Vienna, Austria's 6th district since the...

Hercules at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna

Hercules at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna The legend of Hercules is a favorite of many - including, apparently, the Habsburgs. The southern entrance of Hofburg Palace in Vienna (pictured from the inside) is flanked with a series of totally awesome statues known as "The Labors of Hercules" by Lorenzo Matielli. ...

10 things you didn't expect the Viennese to make out of marzipan

10 things you didn't expect the Viennese to make out of marzipan I don't like marzipan. Even before I developed a nut allergy (marzipan is made of sugar and almond meal), I thought it tasted rather bland. It's not really sweet, not really nutty, and well, not really good, if you ask me. All the same, if you make a bunch of random...

Daily Pampering: Carriage rides in Vienna

Daily Pampering: Carriage rides in Vienna When you find yourself in Vienna, surrounded by palatial architecture and the echoes of history's most brilliant classical musicians at every turn, a kind of nostalgia sets in. This is an excellent time to take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. When Cinderella's fairy...

Swinging new art exhibit comes to Vienna Museum

Swinging new art exhibit comes to Vienna Museum If you want to see one of Gustav Klimt's pieces, you'll need to cross through a world that may make you uncomfortable ... and you'll probably need partner. Haven't figured it out yet? The Secession, a contemporary art museum in downtown Vienna, has plopped a swingers club...

The best ski resorts in the Alps

The best ski resorts in the Alps There are few places on Earth that offer better skiing than the Alps. The mountains, which stretch across France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and beyond, offer a mix of culture, history, atmosphere, and amazing slopes covered in some of the best powder on the planet. It...

Amazing timelapse movies of the Alps

The Alps are one of the most beautiful and iconic mountain ranges on the planet. Stretching across the continent from France to Austria, and sweeping through Italy, Switzerland, and Germany in the process. The Alps gave rise to a culture of mountaineering that would...

Sale on German train tickets starts Dec. 7

Sale on German train tickets starts Dec. 7 Starting on Monday, December 7, German Railway train tickets will go on sale -- and it's quite the guter Kauf (bargain). They're only 66 Euros for two one-way tickets, on local or regional trains anywhere in Germany and Austria. The tickets will be sold at the German...

Gadlinks for Wednesday 12.2.2009

Gadlinks for Wednesday 12.2.2009 I hope you're all having a good start to the final month of the decade! It's time to look ahead -- not back. So let's look to the future by taking a peak on the world's newest destinations, shall we? How cool would it be to take a green break to start the new decade?...

Austrian village installs cameras to nab prankster sex tourists

Austrian village installs cameras to nab prankster sex tourists The poor villagers of Fucking are fed up. They have finally found a technical solution to prevent thieves from stealing their village signs, but now they are confronted with an entirely different problem. Couples are making the trek to Fucking, just so they can have sex in...

Take the kids to Austria

Take the kids to Austria I did not know that crystal is measured in carats. I didn't need this bit of insight for the notion of a 300,000 crystal to be impressive. Apparently, this is one of the many unique items on display at Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, Austria. According to MSNBC, this is...

Ten Great Unknown Treks

Ten Great Unknown Treks Every adventure traveler knows about the Inca Trail or the Annapurna Circuit. They're amongst the best known hikes in the world, and the amount of traffic on those trails reflects that. While they both offer amazing scenery and a great travel experience, that experience can...

Beer babe's favorite European bars

Beer babe's favorite European bars Katarina Van Derham, the 2009 St. Pauli Girl spokesmodel, doesn't like to spend all her time in one place. The Slovakia native now lives in Los Angeles and still loves to get out on the road as much as possible. When she's home, her favorite place to grab a pint is Barney's...

12 Amazing Crater Lakes

12 Amazing Crater Lakes Environmental Graffiti, the same website that brought us those amazing views from the tops of the Seven Summits last week, returns with even more great images. The subject of their latest story is the 12 Most Incredible Crater Lakes on Earth. These amazing natural wonders...

Mozart's birthday and images of Salzburg

If Mozart was alive today, he'd be 253. January 27 was his birthday. I found that out this afternoon when my husband told me Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe, a lovely European-style bakery/restaurant in Columbus was giving out free pastries yesterday in honor of the...

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